The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited



Date:  14th October 2020

                             Issue: 141


Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Links Board of Directors has made the decision to temporarily close the office until further notice in order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and VCS group representatives in support of the official attempt to slow down the pandemic. If there are any changes, we will keep you informed.

Please note that the staff will be working from home and can be contacted on the details below during our usual office hours 10:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday. Our email address will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: 
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email:
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email:

We will keep you updated as we receive more information.


Venues open after lockdown survey

Some groups are finding their meeting place is not big enough to allow social distancing.  We would like to hear from venues who may be able to offer them alternative facilities.

Link to survey here -

You can view responses to this survey via the following link:

Survey Responses

Help Needed in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Survey

We know about the community groups that operate and the good work that you all do.  Sadly, we understand that many of you have had to close down due to the Coronavirus crisis.

We are now mapping the help that is available in your residential area. 

However, there are still people needing help, mainly for shopping, collecting prescriptions, someone to talk to; and they could be your neighbours. 

Are you doing this in your local area or do you know of any people who have got together and are offering neighbourly support to people in need?

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey so that you can be added to the list of help in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire.

Link to survey here -

Chesterfield COVID-19 support directory

Comprehensive directory providing details such as:

  • national and local resources
  • support on how to stay active as well as health and wellbeing information
  • where to get home food deliveries as well as emergency food provision
  • personal and business financial support and guidance
  • resources for children and parents

The directory can be accessed here -

Please use the contact link at the top of the page to suggest corrections or contributions to the information in the directory, making sure you select ‘other.’


Included in this bulletin:

Job Advert - Service Development Co-ordinator

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire

Chesterfield Shared Reading

Poetry - Life in Lockdown Book

News from Derbyshire County Council

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programme

Junction Arts

BNE Community Update

Asian Association

People's Health Trust

Black History Month 2020

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire 

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. This is the link to the results so far.

If you have a venue that you would like to be included, please complete survey below:

Chesterfield Shared Reading

Chesterfield Shared Reading facilitates free reading for Wellbeing sessions every Monday afternoon 2-3pm online via Zoom, bringing people together through great poems or stories to talk, laugh and share from the comfort of home. There's no pressure to talk or read. Each session is facilitated by a trained volunteer Reader Leader from national charity The Reader You’ll need access to Zoom. Previous participants have also found a comfy chair and a cuppa useful.

Contact with any queries. To reserve a space on one or more of the October sessions please book via Eventbrite.

You can find out about lots more about culture and arts events, training and funding opportunities in the Arts Derbyshire newsletter HERE

Poetry – Life in Lockdown Book

They’ve ripped up the rails at old Hall Lane junction, no more roll the freight trains through Cresswell and Clowne. No more go to Oxcroft and Bow’ser on t’up line,

no more go to Chesterfield and Sheepbridge on t’down. Though scarred there was beauty on embankment and cutting, rare orchids, a plethora of bright wayside flowers. As children my Father revealed mysterious wonders of lizards and snakes to beguile our boyhood hours. Old men of Lowgates in allotment sheds sitting,

look back over decades, smoke rheumy eyes see. The slag heaps the pit-heads and steam engines puffing, their way down to Seymour, the lost industry. The signalmen, drivers, the guards and the gangers, redundant and useless now the railway has gone.No rails for their labours, nor trains for their caring, no iron road to Mansfield for running upon. Long thieved the cables from conduits broken, like grave robbers plundered and treasures despoiled. What asset to nation these vagabond vandals,

if likewise they happen in honesty toiled. Few mourn the passing of another old branch line, as few mourned its lifeblood of factories and pits. Only noted by scrap-men in covetous raptures, who squabble like corvids over carrion bits. And the fair folk of Staveley may rejoice in its passing, no rumbling coal trains, to rouse from their bed. But I look on the ballast, bereft, and am saddened, another Midland branch line now ripped up and dead.



This poem has been shared by David Siddon who has contributed poetry to DVA’s ‘Life in Lockdown’ book. David has also written poetry books to support The Ashover Light Railway Society, volume II is upcoming and is available on eBay (all proceeds go to the Society).

Library users will be able to request books from branches across the county again later this month as the service takes another step towards business as usual.

Requests make a welcome comeback at Derbyshire libraries

Upcoming events and news

Junction Arts - Lighting The Way

Join in at home - 5pm, Sat 28 Nov 2020

What would have been the 27th Bolsover Lantern Parade will this year be a celebration event that you can join in with from home. Create a lantern from willow and tissue paper with our Hope at Home kits and display it in your window or garden as a symbol of celebration, union and hope.

Junction Arts are holding ‘click and collect’ opportunities to purchase a kit and materials. Visit their website project page for more info, times and prices.

Read about other Junction Arts projects in their newsletter HERE

BNE Community Update

Community update vol2 BOLS NE 4.10.2020 PDF

News from the Trust

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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